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Study Report

Study Number: CB-049-001-1-1-United States-ICPSR-1550

Subject Area: Economic Processes and Indicators

Bibliographic Citation: Wealth, household expenditure and consumer goods in preindustrial England and America, 1550-1800.  [machine-readable data file] / Shammas, Carole  [principal investigator(s)] / Ann Arbor, MI: Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research  [distributor].

Originating Archive Number: 9404

Access Status: Access limited to UW-Madison campus

Documentation: Hard copy codebook.

Abstract: These data explore changes in English and American consumption between 1550 and 1800. The probate inventories (Parts 1-11) include information about personal wealth, household production, and the possession of consumer durables and semi-durables. The household survey for England circa 1790 (Part 12) contains dietary information as well as information about other household expenditures. The wills from England and America (Part 13) are a source for learning about the kinds of goods people obtained from their families through inheritance. Finally, information pertaining to the distribution network in eighteenth century England is contained in the aggregate county-level data on the shop and peddler's tax (Part 13).

SOURCE: (1) County probate records from England and the United States, (2) Havinden, Michael Ashley, ed. HOUSEHOLD AND FARM INVENTORIES IN OXFORDSHIRE 1550-1590, (3) Eden, Frederic Morton. THE STATE OF THE POOR (3 volumes), (4) Davies, David. LABOURERS IN HUSBANDRY, and 5) other printed data sources

EXTENT OF COLLECTION: 14 data files + machine-readable documentation + SPSS Control Cards.

DATA TYPE: event/transaction data, and aggregate data


TIME PERIOD: 1550-1800



Shammas, Carole. THE PREINDUSTRIAL CONSUMER IN ENGLAND AND AMERICA. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1990.

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